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Peace O’ Pie brunch REPORT!

I was lucky enough to be in Allston this past Sunday when Peace O’ Pie served up their inaugural brunch.  Naturally, I couldn’t wait to check it out!  And since brunch is always better with friends, I dragged my vegetarian buddy along to check it out with me ;)

Let me start by saying that the pricing system Po’P has conjured up is just brilliant.  Pay-by-weight brunch is a GREAT idea.  No more stuffing your stomach to the point of explosion to “get your money’s worth,” and no more dirty looks if you return for just one more helping of tofu scramble to stuff in your takeout box.  The price per pound was $8, which I at first thought would be a little pricey but turned out to be completely reasonable.  I paid less than $6 for my meal (my friend’s was under $5!) and was totally full and satisfied.

The brunch spread was pretty tiny, but then again, so is Po’P, so this was to be expected.  The nearly-all organic brunch offerings were as follows (no particular order):

  • Tofu scramble
  • Breakfast potatoes
  • Veggies
  • Rosemary sausage
  • Cinnamon-coconut French toast
  • Tempeh bacon
  • Mac and cheese
  • Breakfast pizza

Desserts were also available for an additional charge, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay $3.50 for a cinnamon roll when these babies are only $5 for a whole package.  Granted, I’m sure the Po’P ones were homemade and therefore tastier, but… I’ve been trying to keep some semblance of responsibility with my food budget. :P

I tried a little of everything but the French toast (because my friend got some and I didn’t want a whole slice) and the veggies, which I decided weren’t really worth $8/lb.  Every healthy bone in my body said to load up on the veggies, but dude, you can get roasted veggies any day of the week.  How many days of the week can you get vegan pizza, sausage, and mac by the pound?  (Answer: one!)

Brunch at Peace o' Pie! SOOOO good!

The short version: THIS WAS AWESOME.  You MUST try this brunch at some point!

Longer version:

  • The tempeh bacon was really good — pretty sure it was just Lightlife, but they made it much crispier than I’ve ever managed to get it at home.  This is probably why they have a restaurant, and I don’t.
  • The scramble was a little weird.  I was pretty pleased with my first few bites, and then I tasted the green peppers in it…  I like green peppers usually,  don’t get me wrong, but these tasted like perhaps they were spoiled or just cooked funny or…?  Not my favorite thing on the plate but I’m willing to assume the funky peppers were just a fluke.  I’d still try it again next time.
  • Potatoes were… potatoes!  This is a good thing.  Breakfast potatoes were the perfect complement to this brunch.
  • The mac and cheese was super-tasty too (even though my portion consisted of the last dregs I managed to scrape up from the tray before they replaced it with a new one!).
  • The sausage was REALLY “convincing,” if you’re into that.  I’m not, so I had a hard time eating it!  I had to split it with my friend and both of us were amazed at how meaty it tasted.  If I hadn’t been dining in a 100% veggie establishment I would have assumed there was a mix-up in the kitchen.
  • The pizza was the crown jewel!  Not listed on their regular menu, the “breakfast pizza” basically consisted of most of the other brunch offerings (scramble, roasted veggies, bacon, potatoes) atop a generously Daiya-ed crust.  My friend and I, who have consumed plenty of pizza in our lifetimes, were both seriously impressed by how tasty this was, for whatever that’s worth.

I’m so excited Po’P has decided to make this a weekly tradition that I could probably ramble about it for a few more paragraphs, but the moral of this story is GO TO PEACE O’ PIE FOR BRUNCH!  Throw it into your monthly vegan brunch rotation!  It’s about time; the first-week-of-the-month slot has been open forever.  (Cafe Indigo offers brunch the 2nd and 4th Sundays and Grasshopper, of course, does the 3rd.)  Unless you are a total brunch hater (and if so, shame on you!) you will not be disappointed.

Peace o’ Pie is located at 487 Cambridge St, Allston, MA.  http://peaceopie.com/

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Peace o’ BRUNCH!

Exciting news!!  ALL-VEGAN Allston pizzeria Peace o’ Pie has announced that they will now be open for Sunday brunch from 11-3 (priced by the pound, to be fair to people of all appetite sizes :)).  This Sunday, October 17th, is the first!  Mark those calendars!

Peace o’ Pie is a pretty special place for lotsa reasons.  First, the obvious: they offer all manner of (VEGAN) pizza pies, pizza slices, calzones, and awesome desserts.  But were you aware they also offer Daiya priced by the pound so you can make your own pizzas at home?  And that they offer gluten-free pizzas on Thursdays so errybody can eat and be happy?  Or that they deliver?!   If that weren’t enough… they are mostly organic, and one of the greenest establishments I can think of.  Their Web site says it best:

  • [Peace o’ Pie] used eco-friendly building materials during its remodel, including sustainably produced bamboo counterfront, a PaperStone countertop (100% recycled office paper), ceiling tiles with 65% recycled content.
  • recycles
  • composts
  • uses compostable, biodegradable packaging and supplies
  • uses CF bulbs wherever possible

When you dine at Peace o’ Pie, don’t throw anything away. Give whatever is left back to us, and we will make sure that as much as possible is either recycled or composted before we resort to the trash bin for biodegradables and other non-recyclables.

Dang!  That’s serious recycling commitment.

There are precious few vegan pizzerias on the entire planet (and probably none greener than Po’P), so we should celebrate the one we’ve got in our own backyard!  If you can make it out this Sunday, show Peace o’ Pie some love!
Peace o’ Pie is located at 487 Cambridge St, Allston, MA.  Their FIRST-EVER weekly Sunday brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 17th.  http://peaceopie.com/

Grasshopper

First things first: I’m BACK!  I had a wonderful time in L.A., my class was awesome, and I was invited to come back later in the year for the second installment of the course!  And, naturally, I had all manner of delicious vegan food.  Compared to where I live (compared to most places, actually), LA is vegan paradise. Oh man.  I miss it already.

Of course, a big negative to my extended absence from the Northeast was that this blog got slightly abandoned!  Fortunately I can make it up to you today with a pretty amazing restaurant discovery in Allston, Mass.  I spent the morning helping my boyfriend get settled for his first week of grad school at BC, and by 12:30 or so we decided it was time to check out the local restaurant choices.  We didn’t have to go far (thank God, since it was 97 degrees today!).  After just about a half-mile walk down the street we spotted a bright green awning with “ALL VEGAN” on it in white letters.  Now that’s what I like to see!

Grasshopper is one of those seemingly ubiquitous “Asian” restaurants, where you can’t really tell which “Asian” it’s supposed to be, but you can generally count on steamed rice and stir-fried veggies.  I can tell you, however, that Grasshopper went above and beyond most of its competition on a few key things (these may not do it for you, but they were enough for me):

  • Complimentary pot of tea before you even order anything!  This definitely will score you points with me!
  • $6.25 lunch special that came with a cup of your choice of soup: hot and sour, miso, or veggie delight
  • Super-friendly, smiley, helpful waitstaff.
  • Look at the menu!  Cheap appetizers and a pretty impressive selection of entrees.

I ended up ordering the hot and sour soup for starters.

Hot and sour soup. Included with lunch special.

Do not let its simplicity deceive you; this soup was INSANELY delicious.  Just the right combination of thick texture, spicy flavor and tofu:veggie ratio.  Get this one!

My boyfriend got some kind of sweet basil stir-fry thing that I didn’t get to take a picture of.  He’s still warming up to the whole food-blog idea :P.  I got a picture (and a taste) of his miso soup, though!

This was really just average — your basic bland tofu chunks in bland miso broth.  (I LOVE miso soup when it’s done right, just to clarify!) Also appearing to the right in that picture is the really cute cup they gave us to pour the tea in.  The cup to the left is full of ginger dipping sauce for the “chicken” dumpling that came with his entree.

For my entree I chose the stir-fried veggies with “vegi-beef” and brown rice (which I can’t find on that online menu so it must just be a lunch special thing).

tasty stir-fry from grasshopper! with brown rice. what you can't see is that the stir-fry continues UNDER the brown rice...there's at least three more pieces of vegi-beef, plus some broccoli and squash under there.

This was really good!  The sauce was a little oilier than I would’ve liked (I didn’t expect any oil at all, but I should’ve known better), but it was tasty — reminded me almost of a stroganoff-type sauce, thick and flavorful.  I don’t know why they gave me three different utensils to eat the same dish with, but that’s ok…good to be prepared?  It came with a fork, spoon, and chopsticks; I found it especially ironic when I ended up borrowing my bf’s knife to cut the huge veggies, bringing my total utensil count up to four…

The veggies were your standard mushroom-squash-carrot-broccoli-peapod-bamboo mix.  Tasty but nothing special.  I was really impressed with the vegi-beef though.  It reminded me of a brand of vegan jerky I used to eat all the time: Stonewall’s Jerquee.  That’s a good thing, since what I especially liked about that jerky was how chewy and filling it was.  In this case, the beef absorbed the sauce well without getting soggy.  (In fact, none of this dish was soggy — my boyfriend even remarked on how crisp the carrots were, despite being cooked.)  It’s a good thing I liked the “meat,” too, since they were quite generous with it!  I definitely felt like I got my protein (for all of you non-vegans keeping tabs on my protein status) and I couldn’t even finish the whole thing in one sitting.  All in all, certainly the best meal I’ve had since coming back from LA.  I’m VERY glad it’s so close to where my boyfriend will be staying, since it means many repeat trips there for me!

I do have two complaints – one smaller than the other.  First, I was mildly irritated that I had to pay to “upgrade” to brown rice here, when at many comparable restaurants brown rice is standard or at least a free substitute.  But as it was only 50 cents and they gave me a ton of it, I can let it slide.  The big complaint I have had nothing to do with the food — it was the bathroom!  The lights hardly worked, it was dingy and all-around gross-looking, there was stuff all over the floor, and there was no soap left in the dispenser.  I always wonder about the state of the kitchen when I see an unkempt restaurant bathroom, you know?

Bottom line on Grasshopper: Go there.  Order the lunch special (with the hot and sour soup!).  Just try to remember to go to the bathroom BEFORE you leave home.

Grasshopper is located at 1 North Beacon St in Allston, MA.  http://grasshoppervegan.com/index.html